Sportive Breaks

Call us: 617-242-7845 | Email us: [email protected]

2023 Vuelta a Espana - Angliru to Madrid

See our safe travels hub for our flexible bookings, vaccine policy & more. View Details.


8 or 9 Nights


Very Difficult


$3499 USD

Why Book This Trip?

Sportive Breaks takes you to all the grand tours. We are an official tour operator for the 2023 Vuelta a Espana.

Our final tour of the 2023 Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) starts and finishes in Madrid. The tour is divided between central Spain and Asturias in the north where, during the middle stages of the tour, you can test yourself on some of Europe’s most challenging climbs. See iconic Asturias’ climbs return and 2 new climbs premier in this years’ Vuelta. This is your chance to check Lagos de Covadonga, La Cobertoria and El Angliru off your bucket list in one trip. 

The tour kicks off in Madrid before this Vuelta cycling adventure moves north to follow Stages 16 to 21. We stay 5 nights in Oviedo, the heart of Asturias, before a 1 night transition to the walled town of Avila and 2 nights in central Madrid.

Spread your payments: Our interest-free payment plan allows you to spread out payments for your booking.

Watch the Race for Red from up close: Join us for the exciting final stage of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana. See the peloton ride through the Capital city and watch the winner crowned on the final day in Madrid.

Live race viewing from Vuelta Hospitality Areas: Witness the excitement of live racing in comfort from official Vuelta hospitality areas: Stage 17 VIP Finish at Angliru, Stage 18 Cross the Finish Experience and Finish VIP, Stage 19 Start Village and Neptuno hospitality on the final stage in Madrid.

Ride the Lagos de Cavodonga: Not on the race route, this stunning climb is a must do when in Asturias.

Cycle the Picos de Europa National Park: Spain’s version of the Dolomites with its alpine limestone peaks, pristine forests, lakes, and deep canyon roads!

Excellent hotels included: Enjoy our ‘Balneario’ (spa resort) in the Asturian mountain landscape, our hotel in the walled city of Avila and finally, a hotel in the center of Madrid.

LIVE race viewing:  Experience 6 different live race viewings; 3 summit finishes, 1 stage start, 1 mid-stage viewing and 1 sprint finish. Get up close and personal to all the Vuelta action with our VIP inside race access!

Ride the Angliru: Test yourself on L’Angliru one of Europe’s toughest road cycling climbs. We think it is harder than the Mortirolo & Zoncolan in Italy!

The final showdown in Madrid: Watch the 2023 Vuelta celebration ceremony from Cibeles in the heart of Madrid.

What's Included?


5 nights in Las Caldas Thermal Villa, Asturias


1 night in the walled city of Avila


2 nights in Madrid City Center – walking distance to the finish of the final stage


1 optional pre-tour night in Madrid

Bike Rental

Orbea Avant M30 carbon road bike – Shimano 105 at $245


Available throughout

Guided Rides

Supported rides every day

Official Vuelta Hospitality included

Hospitality included

Included Meals

Breakfasts and dinners (breakfast only in Madrid)


Airport transfers from/to Madrid


Transportation throughout the tour

Highlights from the Past Event


Day to day

Arrive to Madrid at your leisure. A complimentary airport pick-up from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) can be arranged at 2:00 PM to take you to your hotel. 

Our mechanic is available to help you assemble your bike and will fit your bike if you have rented one from us.  Over dinner this evening, our guides will review the logistics of your Vuelta cycling adventure.

Bike boxes

Please note that we have planned for bike boxes and bags to be left in Madrid for the duration of the tour to avoid them taking up space in our tour vehicles.

Sleep: H10 Puerto de Alcala Madrid

Transfer to Las Caldas near Oviedo in Asturias

Join our tour in Madrid today. A complimentary airport pick-up from Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)at 11:00 AM can be arranged to take you to your hotel. We will depart Madrid from our hotel (H10 Puerto de Alcala Madrid) at 2:00 PM. Please ensure that you are on time as we will not be able to delay our departure.

If you are travelling with a boxed bike, please leave enough time to build your bike as we will store your bike box in Madrid for the duration of the tour. Our staff are happy to assist you.

Bike boxes

Please note that we have planned for bike boxes and bags to be left in Madrid for the duration of the tour to avoid them taking up space in our tour vehicles.

Our base for the next 5 nights is Las Caldas Villa Termal hotel located just 5 miles outside Oviedo in a prime location for Vuelta access.

On arrival this afternoon, enjoy the hotel’s facilities which include:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa and Wellness facilities (some services payable locally)
  • Fitness center

Bike rental

If you have rented a bike from us we will fit you this afternoon.


  • Transfer from Madrid to Oviedo
  • Rental Bike fitting
  • Relax at the hotel pool or Spa
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Hotel: Balneario Las Caldas

Las Caldas in Asturias

Today is all about taking advantage of the Vuelta rest day. Whether you are a photographer, nature lover, hiker, or cyclist, everyone must visit Lagos de Covadonga (lago = lake). The majestic lakes at the summit are worth the work you will put in on this guided ride!

In the morning we will drive 45 minutes towards the Cantabrian Sea. 

Our first climb, the impressive Mirador del Fito, will get your legs going with 4.3 miles at an average grade of 7.9%.  The snaking road up to this lookout and the Asturian coastline view will amaze you!

After descending to the base of Picos de Europa National Park, we will begin 8.7 miles of constant climbing (7% average) to the towering limestone peaks and the lakes.  There is a challenging stretch of 1.8 miles where grades hover around 11%.  No less than 21 epic stage finishes have taken place on these same roads since first included in 1983.  You are surely in good company completing this ride today! 


Picos de Europa

We thought we would never see the day with a stage finish up to Bejes. It is a narrow mountain road that winds to a remote landscape, well known to the Asturian mountain bike scene. Logistically it will challenge La Vuelta organizers to set-up the finish line and it will be a unique experience for spectators.

Today’s ride will start in Llanes, a coastal town with plenty of charm. A quick coffee and we’ll be off in search of quiet roads up to ‘Alto de la Torneria’.  With an average grade of  5%, the 5.5 mile climb steepens in the final 1.25 miles to a constant 10% grind. Be sure to take in and enjoy the coastal views in the first few miles as the finish is likely to involve plenty of head down, bum up.

Big mountain views of the ‘Naranjo de Bulnes’ peak are enjoyed along a scintillating 7-mile stretch of deep canyon road called Desfiladero de la Hermida. The desfiladero (gorge/canyon) brings you all the way to the base of Bejes where, with this new Vuelta climb, there will surely be some explosive attacks. After a short 3.7-mile climb (8.5% average grade) with a challenging 15% graded section between miles 1.8 – 2.8, we will be roadside to watch Vuelta history before a 2-hour drive back to our hotel.



You’ve heard about it and today you will ride it!  A short 30 minute drive to Nava and you will be at the start of today’s ride, the challenging final 50 miles of Stage 17.  We will pedal it out together to the L’Angliru summit finish!

Your official VIP race pass will get you to a strategic position on the Angliru climb. You choose if you want to ride to the summit or stop at the halfway point and go straight to the VIP area. Due to its extreme difficulty, reaching the Angliru summit is not for everyone, but being here to watch Stage 17 LIVE is! 

First introduced by La Vuelta organizers in 1999, we put El Alto del Angliru  in the top 3 of all European road cycling climbs. With an average grade of 10.2 over 7.8 miles and half a dozen extended ramps raging between 19 to 23.5%, this is the stage to witness!

Enjoy dinner at our hotel tonight and some well-deserved rest for your legs. 


  • Ride: 34 miles | 6233 ft or 50 miles | 8202 ft 
  • Watch: Finish Hospitality on the Angliru climb
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Sleep: Balneario Las Caldas

La Cruz de Linares

Today, our ride rolls-out from our hotel and within 12 miles we encounter ‘El Cordal”, the famous climb which typically precedes any Angliru assault.  After yesterday’s climb, the constant 5.5 mile climb (6% average grade) will seem easy!  Shortly after this climb, our route links up with ‘La Cobertoria’ for 2 miles and before the summit, ‘El Gamoniteiru’ can be added to today’s climbing roster.  The 4.6 miles and nearly 2000 ft of elevation of “El Gamoniteiru” finishes up to a dead-end and will be optional for those who relish the challenge.

As we continue towards the edge of the Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park, our cycling route follows the valley behind the massive l’Angliru massif in search of ‘La Cruz de Linares’ climb. This Stage 18 summit finish will be rolled-out for the first time in 2024. La Cruz de Linares is a 4.3 mile climb with 8.9% average grade. The first 2.5 miles average 11% and watching the finish live here will be race defining.

After the finish, choose to take a transfer back to our hotel or ride 15 miles, mostly downhill and flat, to round out your epic day of riding.


  • Ride: 44 miles | 6561 ft or 53 miles | 8530 ft 
  • Watch: Finish at Cruz de Linares
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Hotel: Balneario Las Caldas


This morning we will depart Asturias and stay one night in the walled town of Avila. With the Asturian mountains now a distant silhouette, a gentle cycle through the plains of Castille & Leon will be a nice reprieve. Today’s ride starts in Astorga, famous for its strategic position along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route and passes Gaudi’s ‘Palacio Episcopal’. The 31-mile cycling route will finish in La Bañeza to watch the start of Stage 19 from the VIP enclosure. After the finish we drive 2 hours from La Bañeza to Avila for some rest.


Guadarrama mountains

The Guadarrama mountains immediately north of Madrid historically shape the final Vuelta podium positions.  This year will be no different, with a stage of intense racing planned to include ten Category 3 climbs over more than 125 miles. Our base will be close to Robledo de Chavela where the race will pass by 3 times.  Post-stage we will drive one hour to Madrid.

In Madrid, your bike and bike box will be reunited, and we will assist with packing your bike for travel. 



This morning, enjoy a 2.5-hour leisurely city bike tour through the heart of Madrid. With its many small interconnecting one-way lanes, it is a bike commuters’ dream! The route will include the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerto del Sol and the Retiro park. Post-ride we invite you for a Tapas lunch in the heart of the city center. Hybrid bike rental included.

As the sun starts to set over Paseo de la Castellana (Spain’s version of the Champs Elysees) the wizz of the wheels returns to Madrid. After many difficult mountain stages, the sprinters have the final say in determining the winner of this stage and the race. The post-race celebrations around the Cibeles fountain are spectacular and a fitting way to celebrate your own Vuelta tour. 

Neptuno Hospitality

Three weeks of intense, emotional racing comes to an end in Madrid. Celebrate the final miles of this awesome race on an urban circuit that allows viewing from many vantage points. 

This year, the riders will cross the finish-line for the first time around 4:00 PM and again for the last time at approximately 5:30 PM.

  • Ideal location next to the finish line
  • Great view of the race
  • Race broadcast live on plasma TV screens
  • Gourmet cocktail
  • Open bar all afternoon
  • Exclusive “La Vuelta” gift


  • Ride: City bike tour
  • Watch: Neptuno Finish Hospitality
  • Meals: Tapas Lunch, Neptuno hospitality (snacks).  Dinner on your own in Madrid.
  • Hotel: H10 Puerto de Alcala Madrid


Following breakfast, a transfer to Madrid airport is available for flights leaving after 2:00PM.  

More About the Event

Las Caldas near Oviedo

The Hotel Las Caldas is a delightful hotel near Oviedo, where you will find the thermal waters of Las Caldas, internationally renowned for their healing properties. The Hotel Las Caldas is situated perfectly for day trips and excursions.  Las Caldas is the starting point for more than 1,000 miles of cycling and mountain bike routes that pass through the National Park of Las Ubiñas, the Senda del Oso and the Fuso de la Reina pedestrian path.


Ávila is a World Heritage Site. Its impressive city walls, the beautiful 12th century Cathedral, Saint Peter’s church, and the Saint Vincent Basilica are examples of its beauty. Discover its streets, people, and traditions on foot.

Palacio de Los Velada Hotel is next to the Cathedral of San Salvador and is the ideal place to enjoy the center of Ávila. This historic Castilian city is surrounded by incredible 12th century walls and is home to numerous churches, cloisters, and convents, which host centuries of history and art.


Except on special occasions, Madrid is the classic location for La Vuelta’s grand finale. Cibeles, Neptuno, Colón, Gran Vía, the Prado… all form a part of the history of La Vuelta’s final stage, and provide the setting for the final winners’ podium. Madrid holds a very special place in the history of the race and will continue to do so in 2023.


Get ready to climb as our tour hits the high peaks of the Somiedo, Ubiñas-Mesa, Picos de Europa (our favourite!) and Guadarrama National Parks. Enjoy access to 5 VIP Vuelta experiences! On this tour you will witness high altitude finishes in Bejes, on L’Angliru, and atop La Cruz de Linares. Two of these 3 summit finishes will be first-time Vuelta contenders!


As we head back towards the Spanish capital you will watch the peloton at the Stage 19 start-line before riders hit the undulating roads between Avila and Madrid in the Guadarrama mountains. Stage 20 will be a dramatic  stage with ten category 3 climbs over more than 125 miles.


To cap things off, enjoy the twilight Stage 21 race finish on the boulevards of Madrid and from the Neptuno hospitality venue as we wait to see who will be crowned the 2023 Vuelta champion. An incredible week of cycling and watching Spain’s premiere road race!



To book, please contact our team [email protected] or call us on 617 242 7845

You are in safe hands

We have a team of highly experienced professionals who have been organizing cycling trips for more than 25 years.

Plenty to choose from

We offer the largest selection of European Gran Fondo and Cyclo-Sportive events.

Spread your payments

Our interest-free payment plan allows you to spread out payments for your booking. *Selected products. Terms and Conditions apply.

Logistics covered

We know the routes and we know the roads. We know how the event works and the best hotels for the start and finish. We organize everything for you: transfers, bike transport, additional fuel stops, local guides, mechanical support and more.

Find Out More About Other Cycling Hospitality With Sportive Breaks